Canadian Labour Reporter

April 8, 2019

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2 Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters business 2019 Saskatoon school workers ratify new deal SASKATOON — The Cana- dian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 8443 ratified a new collective agreement with Saskatoon Public Schools on March 28. More than 450 members cast ballots, and the result was a 67 per cent vote in favour of the proposal, said the union. "We are pleased we were able to reach a deal that saw modest wage increases for our mem- bers," said Scott Barrett, CUPE 8443 president. "There were also numerous minor improvements to language, but one we are es- pecially proud of: Casual and temporary employees will now accrue seniority." The four-year deal means a wage increase of zero per cent, 0.5 per cent, 1.5 per cent, two per cent and includes other monetary improvements such as enhancements to vacation increments, said the union. Montagnais Hotel workers sign contract QUEBEC — United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 501 members working at the Mon- tagnais Hotel in Quebec City achieved a new contract on March 28 that provides wage in- creases and better benefits. The 25 hospitality employees work as housekeepers at the ho- tel. Under their new four-year collective agreement, members will receive wage increases av- eraging 10 per cent in the first year of the contract for staffers at the top of the wage scale. Those moving up the scale will contin- ue receiving yearly increases of two per cent, said UFCW. Members will also enjoy new dental benefits and a clean in- spection bonus, the latter of which will vary with experience, said the union. UFCW Canada Local 501 rep- resents more than 19,000 mem- bers working at 410 businesses across Quebec and northern New Brunswick. B.C. municipal workers ratify agreement POWELL RIVER, B.C. — Workers at the qathet Regional District in Powell River, B.C., represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 798, ratified a new five-year col- lective agreement on March 28. "Our members were seek- ing important improvements to make life more affordable and recognize our increasingly com- plex work. We are pleased that this agreement achieves both of those goals," said Graham Tonks, CUPE 798 president. The agreement was negoti- ated over four days and features a two per cent wage increase in the first four years plus a 2.25 per cent wage increase in the final year, said the union. Peel Cheshire Homes workers join IAM BRAMPTON, Ont. — Work- ers at Peel Cheshire Homes in Brampton, Ont., joined the In- ternational Association of Ma- chinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union, District Lodge 78 and Local Lodge 1295 on March 25. "These workers are all excited and looking forward to the IAM making some positive changes to their workplace," said Rooti- sha Rampat, IAM District Lodge 78 organizer. LABOUR BRIEFS FORMERLY CLV REPORTS Serving labour relations professionals since 1956 Published weekly by omson Reuters Canada Ltd. Subscription rate: $599 per year Customer Service Tel: (416) 609-3800 (Toronto) (800) 387-5164 (outside Toronto) Email: Website: Director, Media Solutions, Canada Karen Lorimer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Todd Humber Editor/Supervisor Sarah Dobson | (416) 649-7896 News Editor John Dujay | (416) 298-5129 Sales Manager Paul Burton | (416) 649-9928 Marketing Co-ordinator Keith Fulford | (416) 649-9585 Labour Reporter Canadian LABOUR LENS Photo: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch © 2019 omson Reuters Canada Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher. e publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. e analysis contained herein represents the opinion of the authors and should in no way be construed as being either offi cial or unoffi cial policy of any governmental body. ISSN 0045-5113 Publications Registration 2089 Canadian Labour Reporter is part of the Canadian HR Reporter group of publications. Visit for more information. A bus during a strike of employees of Berlin's municipal transport service BVG in a bus depot at Wedding district in Berlin, on April 1. The banners read: 'We are worth it' and 'Warning strike.'

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